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Alex Mallari proving his worth with NLEX

Almost three months since Kia traded Alex Mallari away, the 30-year-old swingman is making his old team look like fools as he has found a home in NLEX.

Averaging 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in the Road Warriors’ first three games this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fil-Am forward has found his niche in coach Yeng Guiao’s system as a pivotal piece in the team’s turnaround this season-ending conference.

Alex Mallari. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
And that was the case again on Sunday, as Mallari partnered with Carlo Lastimosa to help NLEX come away with a 95-91 victory over Phoenix to hike its record to 4-0.

Asked what he thinks is the biggest change after two conferences of languishing at the bottom of the standings, the fifth-year forward didn’t hold back and cited the player transactions as the turning point for the squad.

“I guess it’s the trade,” he said. “I didn’t really keep track of [NLEX] before that, but coach said we’ve looked a lot better than the past, so I guess it’s the trade.”

NLEX went on a trading spree late last conference, netting high-quality players much to Guiao’s liking. Mallari was part of that wave as he found himself joining a new squad together with reliable veterans in JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/258579/alex-mallari-proving-his-worth-with-nlex

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